The City of Austin’s Auditor’s Office today, May 22, drew eight names from an applicant pool of 60 to serve on the first Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission that will draw Austin City Council geographic boundaries.
Those chosen include (names link to their 10-One application):
City of Austin voters approved Proposition 3, a City Charter amendment commonly referred to as “10-One,” in November 2012. The Charter amendment provides for the election of City Council Members from 10 geographic single-member districts, with the Mayor elected from the City at-large, beginning with the November 2014 election.
This redistricting commission is charged with drawing the map to form the new 10 geographic City Council districts. Once the eight members are confirmed, its first order of business will be to select the remaining six members to complete the 14-member Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Those remaining members, according to the City Charter, must reflect the diversity of the city and be chosen based on relevant analytical skills and ability to be impartial. Additionally, the eight-commissioners shall appoint the remaining members to ensure geographic diversity and that at least three commissioners come from each of the four existing Travis County Commissioners districts, to the extent possible.
Once confirmed, the initial eight members are expected to meet for the first time at 6 p.m. May 31 at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St., Boards and Commission Room.
The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is expected to determine the boundaries for the 10 single-member Council districts by December 2013.